Now that Apple has removed the 3.5mm headphone port from its iPhone 7 in favour of a Lightning connection, you're going to need to know what your new headphone options are. Don't worry, we've got you covered...

If Apple’s 2016 iPhone launch was a rom-com, the “Will They or Won't They?” central plot line would have been whether the company was going to stick with the 3.5mm headphone jack or ditch it for its own Lightning connector (probably played by Colin Firth).

Now that we know Apple has chosen to leave the headphone jack behind on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, we list here all the Lightning headphones currently on the market - and a few more that are coming soon.

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Audeze EL-8 Titanium


Out Now

Audeze has used an exclusive ‘cypher cable’ with an integrated amp, DSP and DAC, for these headphones. The unit on the cable doubles up as a microphone and is Siri compatible.

Audeze iSine 10 and iSine 20

£300 and £450, respectively

Out Now

The iSine 10 and iSine 20 earphones sport 30mm planar magnetic diaphragms, while keeping the weight down to just 20g.

Audeze Sine


Out Now

Audeze's lightest headphones aim for sound with low distortion, good bass and excellent imaging by using the company’s Fluxor driver technology and Uniforce diaphragms.

Philips Fidelio M2L


Out Now

These headphones have a high-quality 24-bit DAC and amplification within the cans themselves, and bypass the iPhone's internal DAC. They also feature 40mm neodymium drivers.

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Phaz P3


Available Now

These over-ear headphones allow the user to charge their phone while listening to music, as well as having a three-button audio cord to control volume and microphone. It seems the company's entire range will feature a lightning cable to accompany their wireless functionality.

JBL Reflect Aware


Out Now

These sweat-proof headphones are apparently the world’s first to feature noise cancellation and Adaptive Noise Control.

Libratone Q Adapt



The Q Adapts use Libratone’s CityMix ANC technology, which lets you control the level of noise-cancellation to allow through background noise such as traffic. They also don't need to be charged before use, because they take power directly from the Lightning port - which, it is claimed, should provide a “more robust digital sound”.



Available this autumn

While these Beats headphones are primarily wireless, they do have a Lightning port for charging and audio. They feature "optimised noise isolation", multiple eartips and are magnetised so you should avoid tangling them up. They also feature in-line control for volume, phone calls, and Apple's Siri voice assistant.




Thunder claims these are the world’s first Lightning in-ear headphones to provide “high fidelity sound quality, active noise-cancellation, battery-free charging and revolutionary sound customisation.”

Brightech Earphones


Out now

These headphones have 24-bit digital audio transmission, built-in volume control from -100dB to +12dB, and feature an “amplified bass”.


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Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector


Out now

Not to be confused with the wireless Apple AirPods, the Apple Earpods are the new free earphones that will come bundled with every iPhone 7.

At their low price, there are few bells and whistles attached to these headphones, but they do have the usual built-in remote for volume and phone call control. And that all-important Lightning connection.

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Audio_ELF's picture


Have you heard if Arcam are updating the Music Boost to support the iPhone 7?  Preferably a version for the 7Plus too.

Willy Vlyminck's picture

Lightning headphones

Philips diserves the honour of being the very first one, only a pity their doesn't as exotic as Audeze. We see that there are already many alternatives and these will continue to grow of course. I wonder how Sennheiser will deal with it? Anyway we can still use our normal headphones / in ears, so lot of storm for nothing